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Yemen's Saleh Burned Over 40% of His Body, Contradicting Earlier Reports

Yemen's Saleh Burned Over 40% of His Body, Contradicting Earlier Reports

Contradicting earlier reports that he was "lightly wounded ," the BBC and the New York Times reports that President Ali Abdullah Saleh has suffered burns on over 40% of his body, including his face, neck, arms and back, according to Yemeni officials and Western diplomats. While Saleh's injuries are "not life-threatening," the extent of his injuries is such that "strong sedation" is required, says the New York Times . The BBC says that Saleh also has bleeding inside his skull and a piece of shrapnel almost 7.6cm (3in) long under his heart. He and several government officials -- one of whose injuries are severe enough that he is in a coma -- are being treated at the Armed Forces Hospital in Riyadh, in Saudi Arabia. The source of the explosion remains uncertain. While it was initially thought that it was caused by a mortar or rocket attack from outside the presidential compou...

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